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TV review: iZombie (S3E12)

I’ve never reviewed iZombie here, even though I’ve diligently followed it since its first season. Why? I really can’t say. Maybe because the show hadn’t given me a stronger reason to shout WTF! Until now.

The penultimate episode of the third season did plenty to shake things up, and I’ll try to talk about the noteworthy ones… the groundbreaking two.

1. Liv isn’t so holy afterall.

    If you’ve been following iZombie from the very beginning you’ll understand what happens to zombies after they take a snack on human brains – they tend to see visions and behave very much like the dead person they just feasted on. Now, in this episode, Liv ate the brain of Ravi’s former boss who had an oversized sexual appetite; something Ravi himself could attest to being that he had also slept with her in the past. Liv found herself visiting a bar one too many times until she hooked up with Filmore Graves. What makes this all the more noteworthy is that, Filmore Graves is the boss of Liv’s boyfriend, and all three are zombies. Yep! Zombies can only bone themselves.

    Liv is in a tight corner, though this plot might not be addressed until the new season, it’s still a wonder one: it raises the question of how much of you is you as a zombie under the influence of a new brain.

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    2. Explosion gallore.

    One of the dangling plot thread this season has been about Discovery Day (The day humans discover the existence of zombies). It’s been a real threat, becoming realer as the days go by. With a new  Mayor that is a zombie and a very wealthy firm run exclusively by zombies, I’ll say the undead have a better chance winning the way in Seattle. But when the major truth activist of the city turns into an undead against his own will and decides the best way to leave this world is with a bang, things take a drastic turn. I can swear I didn’t see that coming. Though iZombie has taken such explosive risk in the past, in terms of storytelling, this one managed to seem fresh and unexpected. This scene opens the door for so many questions because, as much as the bombed house contained lots of zombies, there also were lots of humans there. It makes fun at the entire reason why humans would be fighting the undead if it’ll cause them to be their own undoing.

    There you have the two shocking factors of this episode. I enjoyed this episode so much that I promise to review the season finale.

    iZombie returns next Tuesday on The CW.

    TV Review: The Originals (S4E12)

    I’ll start this review with the announcement that, Freya and Keel in finally did the deed.

    And… I give this episode a B+

    Still reeling from the events of the last episode, The Mikesons all feel relaxed and happy with the belief that they’ve defeated The Hollow (unknown to them its in their hope and salvation). Something happened in the first ten minutes of this episode that is common with most broadcast shows, Hope did something off that someone in the person of her mother realized but didn’t take serious. This is a common occurrence and for a show based on the supernatural, every detail should count.

    Anyways, it doesn’t take long for the quiet to fade. Sofia (Marcel’s gf) wakes up, and tells Marcel what he doesn’t want to hear. In extension, the whole squads hears about it. Everyone prepares to go deal with the Hollow proper once and for all. Did I mention that Rebecca tried to seduce Marcel just so that her family can remain in New Orleans? She failed woefully. This made me laugh at how much the dynamic of The Originals not been the number one beasts of the world anymore has come to stay.

    So, Vincent thinks it wise to channel Marcel to fully learn the spell Inadu’s mother used to trap her 1500 years ago, 

    Hayley’s particularly smart in this episode, quickly figuring out that The Hollow is in Hope. She and Freya blankly ponder on what to do as neither of them would hurt Hope. 10 points for The Hollow’s ingenuity! At first, I complained of Hayley’s lack of observation, up until this scene where she showed great observatory skill as is necessary between mother and child. Freya casts a spell that knocks Hope out and sends The Hollow’s essence away.

    Back from the land of the dead, Vincent and Sofia think it wise for Klaus to reach into Hope’s head to reassure his daughter to keep fighting The Hollow from the inside until her family can defeat the Big-bad Hollow. This fight from Hope’s angle requires that she not fall asleep else The Hollow wins.

    At the quarters, The Hollow, now in her own skin successfully puts every of the Bads down. Technically, this was all a distraction for Vincent to trap her and send her into her cage (the book) using her mother’s spell. Vincent failed. Hope disappeared from her father’s presence, The Hollow also from her confrontation with Vincent. Hope wakes up as The Hollow and the first thing she does is burn her book, the one that gave Vincent ideas on how to defeat her, after which she heads to the church to address her waiting disciples.

    Klaus gives a heartwarming speech of how the family can’t give up until they save his heart and soul, Hope. Vincent takes away whatever inkling of family they have left by saying he has an idea but it will be the end of their greatest pledge to each other – Always and Forever.

    I think this was a wonderful penultimate episode. Next week’s finale looks to be explosive: I can’t wait to see what Vincent fully meant by his closing remark.

    The Originals returns for its 4th season finale next Friday on The CW.

    Hope is Klaus’ Hope!

    Hope is Klaus’ weak spot!

    At the beginning of the season, Klaus is boring and unbearable to watch and this is because he has a daughter.

    Ha Ha Ha!! Scratch the above: I was just pulling your legs. We have a new Klaus and I’m loving him; he wouldn’t have been possible without Hope.

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    Hope Mikelson

    Episode 03 of The Originals’ 4th season dealt more on expanding on the new man Klaus has become in the face of his daughter. She’s his redemption, and as such, his Achilles heel. Worst thing is, I can’t imagine what sort of monster Klaus would morph into should anything happen to Hope; I don’t want to imagine it. But then, this kind of devotion makes you wonder what would happen with the series moving forward. If Klaus continues down this redemption path the series would become boring to watch. That’s why in episode 07, when Alaric Saltzman showed up and mentioned about his school for gifted children to Klaus, I was happy. That tiny scene provided the perfect destination should the threat of The Hollow come to an end. There’s no safer place for Klaus to drop his loving daughter off than at the school run by the one immortal girl Klaus has vowed to wait for no matter what; his epic love, Caroline.

    So, while we rejoice that Klaus might have found his redemption, his anchor to humanity, do not worry about the series becoming boring because Hope will be shipped off once her mission is complete.

     

     

    Once Upon a Time: Moving Forward.

    In all honesty the quality of ABC’s hit fantasy show based on popular Disney characters, Once Upon a Time has waned over time. In its earlier seasons (specifically, 1 – 4) it was a real delight to watch, and somewhere within season 5 it started to become a bore. Season 6 was mostly boring.

    So, what went wrong? How does a series with fantastical elements suddenly become boring? We’re going to discuss some reasons we feel caused it, and how hopeful we are that moving forward with its plan of soft reboot the series can find its feet again.

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    1. THE LOVE STORY

    A large percentage of the public happen to enjoy love even in the most fantastical of stories. Do not get me wrong before I even land; I understand OUAT is built on the foundation that love is the greatest magic there is (recall season one’s finale). But, as at then love was used for specific purpose. Now, love is everywhere: if it isn’t Snow an Charming, it is Emma and Hook, Henry and Violet, Rumple and Belle, Regina and Robin, or even Aladdin and Jasmine. All these pair ups make the story look like child’s play. I do hope it’s something that’ll be taken into consideration as the series reboots itself. Enough with the excessive pairing.

    2. MAKE THEM EVIL AGAIN

    Yes! Wicked is sweet, but evil is greater. This is OUAT, as established in the series’ lore, there’s no light without darkness and as such every hero must have a worthy villain, and none has proven more worthy than the deadly duo, Regina aka The Evil Queen and Rumpelstiltskin; these two are a delight to watch in their evil ways. As the series progressed Regina and Rumpel kept getting closer and closer to the light and doing what is right, which in my opinion damaged their characterizations even though it helped the humanity of their characters.  Part of what made the series epic in the first place was the unpredictability of both as wonderfully played by both actors, Lana Parilla and Robert Carlye respectively. So, bring back the evil producers… we want it!

    3. A WORTHY VILLAIN

    If you paid attention you’d realize I meant in the point above, Regina and Rumpel remain as recurring villains, that would leave room for a worthy villain of the season. This would be an informed choice as whoever gets to be the hero of the season would have his/her hands filled. The villain would have to go to the land of villainy and learn what made all the ones before him/her awesome. I recommend visiting the universe of Arrow to learn from Prometheus). Haha!

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    Regina and Rumpel

    4. A TIGHTER STORY

    This doesn’t always work, but more often than not it makes things better. If the idea of 22 episodes for a season has become more of a curse than blessing in terms of story telling, the season can be pruned, fillers reduced to the barest minimum and a more captivating story told.

    5. EMMA SWAN. NO!

    This is a personal opinion. I couldn’t have felt happier the day I saw the news that Actress, Jenifer Morrison was leaving OUAT. I felt the series would get better. The day I saw the news that the show was going for a soft reboot instead of a sequel season, I knew the savior has arrived for the ABC’s hit TV show (pun intended). I don’t really know if my pseudo-dislike for Emma is as a result of her characterization or the actress. I watched Jenifer in How I Met Your Mother and I loved her there; so… Be thou as it may, I feel keeping Emma’s appearance to the barest minimum will be in the advantage of this soft reboot.

    What do you think about my list? Let me hear what you think in the comment box below.

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    Family tree in OUAT

    Rinzy Reviews: The Exorcist (s1)

    Original network: Fox

    Episodes: 10

    Starring: Alfonso Herarra, Ben Daniels, etc.

    Rinzy’s Ratings: 3.5/5

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    The Exorcist TV show is a sequel of the 1978 movie. It is well told, extremely captivating and entertaining in a neat horrific manner.

    The story follows a young Reverend of a local parish, Father Thomas banding with a rebellious yet resilient Father Marcus to deliver a young girl possessed heavily by a demonic spirit.

    Father Marcus

    I appreciate the manner with which the story proceeded. A well fleshed backstory to guide the lead characters of Thomas and Marcus, their motivations and all. Father Marcus is extrenely flawed, he could very well pass as a thug (should you stumble upon him), but all that is as a result of what he’s been through. Or better put, the exorcism that break him. Nineteen months before the series’ premise, Fr. Marcus carries out an exorcism without permission from the Papacy that led to the death of the possessed boy. The memory of that day taunt him up till now; same memory is what brings Fr. Thomas searching for him.

    One family from the numerous in Fr. Thomas’ parish has something interesting happening with them. With a mother (Angela) barely keeping it together, a father recovering from brain injury, a daughter (Kathy) also recovering from an accident she had five months ago, and another daughter (Cassey) who’s bitchy and also possessed by a demon.

    Casey’s the vessel the devil chooses to torment the earth with this time. A cheerful girl seeking for whom to befriend. The entire process started with her befriending an imaginary friend, an older man who showered her with love and attention. Even though Fr. Marcus’ expert intuition showed up on time, various actions and inactions causes things to go wrong and everyone out of time. When things got so heated, various secrets start to crawl back to the surface including that the demon after Casey used to be after Angela, her mother. Angela had to leave town and changed her identity after her mother used her experience to write a book for profit. Angela’s personal experience explains why she knew so much at the beginning of the series, why she was so convinced that her daughter was possessed by a demon.

    Another interesting thing was that as all the actions were happening in the household of Casey, somewhere in the city of Chicago, a group of demons were killing people and harvesting their organs for a ritual to summon an entity, which turned out to very much be connected to the demon (The Captain) tormenting Casey’s family.

    In all honesty, The Exorcist was a decent series, it did well for itself: at least it captivated me from start to finish and got me excited at the prospect of a second season because of loose ends (such as the origin of The Captain and his followers, Father Marcus’ past, Father Thomas’ desecration of his sacred vows, etc.)

    The Exorcist returns on FOX sometime in the future.

    Rinzy Reviews: 13 Reasons Why

    Original Network: Netflix

    Release date: Mar. 31, 2017

    Episodes Duration: 13 Episodes (49 – 61 mins)

    Starring: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro, etc.

    Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5

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    This is the story of Hannah Baker, her suicide, and why she decided to kill herself.

    In recent years Netflix has been known for a long of magical contents when it comes to TV programs; 13 Reasons Why is the latest in their long list of awesome series to follow.

    Hannah Baker is your average high school girl, glamorous, beautiful, in need of fun. She’s also naive, makes some senseless life choices, the full package of what life in high school can be. The sad thing about this story is that it starts with Hannah Baker dead, the rest of the story revolves round the reasons why she killed herself; or better still the people whose actions are the reasons for which she killed herself.

    It’s a whole new perspective to hearing the side of a victim, more so one of intense bully that led to death (by suicide). Hannah’s decision to end her life doesn’t really come as a shocker because that’s the first thing the show throws to our faces, but as the episodes go by and we’re more invested in her life and the rest of Liberty Junior High School, we can’t help but wonder why she’d feel suicide was her best option. I’m forced to believe her mental health was questionable. 13 Reasons Why touched a lot of things that are prevalent and wrong with teenagers: intense bullying in schools, rape, peer pressure, what true friendship means, the concept of teen love, amongst other topics. The character of Clay Jensen is a perfect example of how loving someone but not able to read the signs that something’s intensely wrong. Clay loved Hannah, I could tell from the first episode, but he said nothing for a long time, stringing her along as she become the item of caricature in school because everyone believed her to the new girl who’s easy to get; everyone wanted a share of her. Clay could tell but he did nothing to stop it. More of Clay’s reactions to threats in his immediate environment are in his head, a case of what could be if only he makes a move. But he doesn’t.

    Clay Jensen and Hannah Baker

    There’s the truckload of friends who in their own different ways let Hannah down – There’s Jessica, Zack, Alex, Justin Foley, and co. Some contributed immersely in sending the fragile girl to an early grave, while for some doing some things a little different could have changed the outcome of things, and for others staying behind doing absolutely nothing sealed Hannah’s fate. A perfect example of the latter is the school’s counseller.
    Then there’s another aspect of society the series also touched – How hard involved parties try to salvage their reputation, even if it means spitting on the memory of the deceased. The management of Liberty High hiring a very expensive law firm to represent against Hannah’s grieving mom’s accusation that the school did nothing to prevent her daughter from being broken emotionally. The school shows unapologetically its effort to portray itself as an all round secure space for students even though it’s not all true.

    Hannah’s death takes its toll on a lot of people most notably her mother, Clay, and Tony. All have to live knowing that one way or the other they let her down, and that doing something different might just have saved her life. There’s lot of emotional scars on people Hannah leave behind, raised higher by the tapes to haunt then even from the grave, validating the saying that death doesn’t happen to you but to those you leave behind. We watch as Clay loses his sense of living and grasping reality from his make-believe fiction. We also watch as other characters like Tyler and Alex take actions in response to the bullying they also face at Liberty High.

    All these talks about bullying and suicide makes High school seem like a scary place, but it’s still a beautiful space to grow. Taking your life isn’t the answer, it solves nothing. Hannah is dead, yes, but the lives of everyone she left behind both those she loved and those that taunted her are all screwed up. Nothing’s going to be the same.

    Now that the series has been renewed for a second season we can see how much the other character’s lives are affected. People like Tyler (who’s stockpiling weapons for whatever reason best known to him), Alex (who shot himself in the head).

    13 Reasons Why is available on Netflix.

    What is behind Elijah’s Red-door?

    I believe it’s safe to say one of the main plots of last night’s episode of The Originals (S4 E10) was the inclusion of Elijah’s infamous Red-door. If you’ve been following the TO/TVD universe since inception you must have heard about this door. The quest to defeat The Hollow aside, our favorite family spent the entirely episode trying to rescue Elijah’s fractured mind inside Freya’s pendant to be able to bring him back to life at a later date. At Hayley’s turn inside Elijah’s head (after Freya’s failed attempt), the Red-door appeared. The version of Elijah in his other memories kept fading away at every point of trying to make contact, but the one of the Red-door remained. This version of Elijah was a monster; the kind of monster Esther explained her son truly was. And Hayley experienced the full terror.

    Elijah Mikelson

    Behind that door is carnage, death, bloodlust, and destruction. Elijah was indeed a monster. It took the intervention of Hope to break Elijah out of his trance like state. This action sort of corrected his fractured mind, keeping him safe for whenever Freya would be ready to pull him out.
    Personally, I’m at a crossroad deciding what to make of the direction TO has taken Elijah as a character this season. It isn’t hard to realize that Klaus and Elijah have sort of swapped places in terms of impulse and response to situations. I understand it’s for the reason to further the overall story-arc of Klaus’ redemption relating to his daughter Hope, but Elijah has always been the heart of the Original family and now watching him delve further into the rabbit hole simply because the writers want a monster to replace Klaus hurts me. I’ve always known Elijah was the greater monster of both Mikelsons but watching it play out hurts.

    With three episodes to go for this season it’ll be hard to imagine Elijah will sit out the rest of the action, especially now Kol has involuntarily taken side with The Hollow to save his dear Davina.

    The Originals airs Fridays on The CW.